Gladstone Hotel

Gladstone Hotel

The Gladstone Hotel, a once run-down flophouse, has been recently transformed into a boutique hotel, situated in the heart of the vibrant West Queen West art scene at the edge of Parkdale .

Gladstone Hotel

They've got 37 rooms each uniquely decorated by local designers. If you want a true Canadian experience, opt for the Canadiana Room, where you'll appreciate details such as the maple leaf motif in the dresser drawers and Canadian authored books in the bookshelf unit.

We found the bed quite comfy. In the closet you'll find real hangers and in the bathroom you'll find nice handmade soaps from nearby Prince Edward County. There's a corkscrew provided in the room, but no wine glasses (just regular glasses). There's a flatscreen TV for your viewing pleasure. And earplugs are provided. This comes in handy, considering several rooms overlook the often noisy-until-the-wee-hours, bustling Queen Street West.

There's a charming, old elevator that can take you up to the fourth floor, but you may get impatient waiting for it and opt for the stairs.

Gladstone Hotel

Friendly and helpful concierge. Check-in at 3 p.m. Check-out at noon. $10 parking fee at the nearby grocery store just north of the hotel seems like an afterthought. They offer free wireless internet, but no available outlet for plugging in laptop. I had to unplug the TV to make an outlet available. There was a big dirty streak on the wall under one of the paintings in the room. The shower was not hot enough at full heat when I showered late in the morning before checking out.

Gladstone Hotel

Don't expect much in the way of an intimate dining experience in The Ballroom Cafe. Service is attentive, but the dining room itself has more of a bustling bar kind of feel. The food, with a focus on local, fair trade and organic ingredients, is scrumptious.

Gladstone Hotel

Who stays here? Locals who get drunk and hook up after singing karaoke at The Melody Bar; hipster out-of-towners wanting to look the part of the Queen Street West arts scene; and celebrities who want to remain anonymous. "We treat celebrities like regular people and we treat regular people like celebrities."



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Gladstone Hotel

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  • March 31

    Starting on March 31st! Come be a drag with us every Friday in the Gladstone Melody Bar for the live screening of season 9 of RuPaul's Drag Race!

    SCREENING WILL BEGIN on the 2nd EPISODE DATE! LONG WINTER takes over the Gladstone during the premiere date which will be fab too!...

    SOOO WE WILL be showing the premiere at 6:30pm to make up for it new episode at 8pm with the secret show after ! ;

    we will fill up so get here early for tasty eats, libations and fabulous banter from your dazzling scrumptious hosts Allysin Chaynes and Champagna Enemea, featuring the House of Filth.

    Start your Friday here with salty commentary and amazing drag performances from the House of Filth. So many fabulous new queens we could just spit! Bring your fiercest friends and a little bit of old-fashioned shade too. Your favourite west end viewing party is baaaaaack and better then ever!

  • March 29

    Our beloved Harvest Wednesday is back by popular demand! The Gladstone Hotel invites Toronto’s urbanites to experience our food philosophy through a series of local food events inspired by #CANADA150 and harvested in the natural rhythm of Ontario’s growing season.

  • March 24

    Trinity Square is excited to present a program of videos curated by Zviko Mhakayakora, which will be presented at Long Winter season closer at the Gladstone Hotel.

    Featuring works by Danile Dennis, Maisha Marshall-Ende, naakita feldman-kiss and Rene Mathews.

    Presented as part of the season closer of this years Long Winter series, "Decussation: Experiences Through Video" features video works by four artists and designers that explore identity, colonization, intersectionality, processes of reclamation, the retelling of histories, experiences of belonging, racalization and having ones awareness changed. Collectively, these videos explore the construction of self and the many influences that shape us into being. This exhibition opens a dialogue about self-reclamation and the many forms that it can take. Telling stories is important for growthof oneself and othersthrough learning. How can one use contemporary art and design to further explore identity and what it means to be?

    Long Winter is an all-ages inter-arts festival that takes place throughout the winter months. Taking place in iconic buildings around Torontothis time at the Gladstone Hotelthese spaces are transformed for a single night of notable artistic collaboration. Featuring the works and installations of over 250 artists/collectives in a range of mediums, Long Winters programming aims to provide a platform for the experimental work of local artists, to challenge the expectations and foster creative interactions between audiences and spaces. As an inter-arts festival, Long Winter includes work that crosses mediums from performance art, theatre and dance, large-scale sculptural installations, projections single and dual screen videos, still images, visual installations print, painting, photography collage and interactive work such as the presentation of original video games by different local programmers.

  • March 30

    The truth is out there.

    Expose it The Truth, that is at X-Files Trivia hosted by the always hilarious, always entertaining Kaleb Robertson. Relive the supernatural, Scullys hyper-rational verbiage and amazing hair and FBI agent Spooky Mulders relentless pursuit of whats really out there over nine glorious seasons.

    How it works:

    Come alone or bring a team of up to FOUR people and prepare to answer very important questions. Your lively hosts will lead you through a night of trivia questions, including audio clues, video montages and more. Winners will be awarded prizes & prestige!

    Trivia starts at 8pm sharp so come early to grab a seat and a bite to eat!

    Cost: $2 per person, bring your toonies!

  • April 9

    You're invited to our annual Red Violin Fundraiser on Sunday, April 9 at The Gladstone Hotel. The event will be a chance for friends, families, and donors of Sistema Toronto to socialize with good food, drinks and an amazing line-up of performing artists. We will also have a silent auction with great items from community supporters.

    Hosted by Lana Gay

    Performances by:

    Brooklyn Doran

    Abigail Lapell

    Neil Braithwaite

  • March 24

    Exhibition Dates March 22nd to March 26th

    Opening Reception March 24th

    Please join artists Anjuli Rahaman and Humboldt Magnussen for the opening of their two-person exhibition: "Crash Burn Heal" at the Gladstone Hotel's Art Hut across the street from the hotel!

    Relaxation practices like yoga, float sessions and spa treatments are a popular bi-product of city hustle because they compartmentalize self-care into convenient one-hour sessions. In the same way, Tinder and Grindr offer a no-strings-attached city Rolodex for those who crave intimacy without the tribulations of a relationship. This project is a visualization of struggling with taking time for self-care in a city that prioritizes productivity and output.

    The installation envelops the space while reimagining and repurposing materials conventionally used for self-care. Condoms are a symbol of sexual intimacy with or without an emotional connection; sex is both therapeutic and meditative. Anjuli's interactive floor and wall pieces lend the form of the condom to stylized self-massagers. Participants are encouraged to engage with the work by rubbing against, and stepping on, the forms.

    Yoga has been marketed in North America as a way to seek inner peace while strengthening the body. Humboldt uses mats as a material to investigate his own ritual of self-care. In large metropolitan cities, there is a unifying interest in seeking comfort and balance, but only within the parameters of particular spaces.

    Artist Bio:

    Humboldt and Anjuli met at OCADU in the IAMD program. We are also both involved with Younger Than Beyonc Gallery. We are drawn to materials that have a relationship to the body and that also speak to ideas of release, meditation and comfort. We both use our own experiences as fuel for our artwork, and use ornamentation, repetition, unconventional materials and/or repurposing materials extensively in our respective practices.

    Find Humboldt and Anjuli on Instagram @humboldtmagnussen @anjuuuli

  • March 28

    Some people think PINEAPPLE ON PIZZA is great; others, like the President of Iceland, are soulless monsters who have never known joy.

    Certain folks consider GOOEY EGGS to be gross; and then there are those who are just smart, confident, successful individuals.

    (^^^ Unbiased presentation of the facts ^^^)

    BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK — AND WHY? Join Eli Burnstein (of Spelling Bae infamy) for DEBAETE CLUB: FOOD-FIGHT EDITION, where he will pit two teams of two against each other in the Melody Bar on topics ranging from the preposterous to the hilarious—old-school debate style.

    Two rounds. Sign-up at 8:30. No expertise needed. And if you're more of the spectator-type, come, grab a beer, and watch the madness unfold.

  • March 24

    Maybe you will ride your bike.

    http://www.torontolongwinter.com/

    We've been moving venues all season long, but we're happy to return to the Gladstone Hotel for our "season closer."

    Tickets to Long Winter are $10 in advance or Pay What You Can at the door. Tickets available at: https://www.picatic.com/MarchLongWinter

    This is an all-ages event!

    This is an accessible venue!

    MUSIC

    Deliluh

    Leanne Simpson https://leannesimpson.bandcamp.com

    Protuders https://protruders.bandcamp.com

    Doom Tickler

    Bonnie Trash

    Bunny

    HEX Toronto

    Midge

    Clamaglamza

    Joel Eel

    Sistem

    ART

    Trinity Square Video present videos curated by Zviko Mhakayakora

    Akhilanda Collaborative

    William Andrew Finlay Stewart

    Johann Diedrick

    Dream Census

    Chris Boni & Britt Irvin

    Carolyn Tripp

    Faye Mullen

    Zoo Owl

    Paloma Dawkins

    Natalie Boustead

    Esme Hogeveen & Sophie Kuijper Dickson

    Joe Chamandy

    Dan Thornhill

    LONG WINTER ARCADE

    Curated by the Hand Eye Society

    Forgotten by Sophia Park and Arielle Grimes

    Cooldog Teaches Typing by Renaud Bdard, Zander Milroy, Cuxo Quijano, Jen Costa

    LONG NIGHT

    Vish Khanna with guests to be announced!

  • April 19-23

    Grow Op at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, celebrates its fifth year in April 2017 as an exhibition of art and design that cultivates ideas across a broad range of disciplines, examining how humans and other species live within and without natural systems of growth, change, abundance, scarcity, decay and life.

    #GrowOp2017 employ the tools of art, craft and design to question our conceptions of urban and wild, culture and nature for the upcoming juried exhibition, curated by Christine Leu and Alan Webb of LeuWebb Projects with Lukus Toane.

    Wed Apr. 19, 7-9pm Thurs Apr. 20, 11-10pm Fri Apr. 21, 11-10pm Sat Apr. 22, 10am-9pm Sun Apr. 23, 10-5pm

    Opening Reception Apr. 22nd 7-10pm

    More Grow Op event Coming Soon!

    2017 Participants:

    David Ballantine, Melanie Billark, Bruno Billio, Liam Blackwell, Micah Donovan, Jordan Duke & Dayne Roy-Caldwell, Agnieszka Forfa, Eve Gane, Julie Gladstone, Martha Barron Griffith, Monica Gutierrez, John Haney, Byron Hodgins, Rebecca Jane Houston, Hayden King and Susan Blight, Aisling OCarroll & Sara Jacobs, Olga Klosowski, Becky Lauzon, Katie Lawson, Lindy Wilkins & Dushan Milic, Michelle Hunniford & Magdalena Milosz, Kate & Claire Nelischer, D & S Projects, PseudoStudio, Rachel Grice & Rekha Ramachandran, Shadi Ramos, Safiya Randera, Daniel Ranger, Miles Rufelds, The Urban Apothecary

    In conjunction with Gladstone Art Hut installation by Rui Pimenta Layne Hinton

    General Admission $10, Student Day with ID, Family of 4 $25, Student Groups $25 advanced booking only.

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